11th Annual Event Winners



Thanks again to all our runners and walkers who came out to support the legacy of Justin Cruz.  We would like to recognize the overall winners.

Men’s Overall Winners:

  1. Pat Ford, Neptune City, NJ (Age 56)  18:12.9
  2. Terrence Maliff, Wall, NJ (Age 23)  18:39.9
  3. Kevin Kile, Sea Girt, NJ (Age 17)  19:15.4

Women’s Overall Winners:

  1.  Victoria Cantelmo, Monmouth Beach, NJ (Age 20)  21:04.4
  2. Hannah Popp, Arnold, MD (Age 20)  21:14.6
  3. Brigitte Kiesewetter, Santa Paula, CA (Age 22)  22:15.5

For complete results, visit this page.

Results for the 2 mile walk are as follows:

  1. Maria Quinn, Wall, NJ (Age 46)
  2. Marty Mazzaros, Wall, NJ (Age 57)
  3. Kyle Fosgren, Jackson, NJ (Age 10)

Congratulations to all!

2015 Justin Cruz Scholarship awarded to four Wall students

Each of the students plan to keep soccer in their lives

BY LAUREN GARCIA of THE COAST STARWALL TOWNSHIP — In honor of her son, Justin Patrick Cruz, who died in an automobile accident ten years ago, Michele Cruz awards Wall High School seniors with $1,000 scholarships every year on his birthday, July 6.

This year, the $1,000 recipients included Danielle Gardner, Colin Nies and Tyler Vandermolen. Heather Arbachesky received an honor- able mention scholarship of $500.

“This year we raised $8,000 but as of this year we’ve given out $53,000 since the beginning,” Ms. Cruz said.

The Justin Cruz Scholar- ship Foundation is a 501[c][3] that awards students with similar qualities Justin en- compassed. The scholarship asks students to write an essay describing their love of soccer and how sportsman- ship has shaped their life to- day. The scholarship requires that students to have played four years of competitive soccer with the intention to continue playing in their collegiate career.

“It’s a $1,000 one-time monetary gift or award for anyone going to a four year school and plans on keeping soccer in their life,” Ms. Cruz said.

Justin was a 17-year-old senior at Wall High School who died in October of 2005

in a car accident. He was a member of the Wall High School Varsity Soccer Team and Swim team, as well as Students Against Destructive Decisions [SADD] and the Wall Rattlers/Revolution soccer teams of the Wall Soccer Club.

“He was just really good. He cared about everyone,” Ms. Cruz said and told a story about how Justin once for-

got his cleats for practice and the underclassmen rushed to help him. “They all wanted Justin to wear their cleats … it was like Cinderella … it was very sweet. They all loved him.”

This past Monday, Justin would have turned 27, Ms. Cruz said. She explained that upon being notified of her son’s death, she said she would give out money every

year to Wall Township seniors who played soccer.

“He loved soccer. He died when he was 17 so he didn’t have much else. He was all about that,” Ms. Cruz said.

Wall Township students applying for the Justin Patrick Cruz Scholarship should plan to attend a four year school and have a 3.0 grade point average. They are also required to write an essay on what the role of team athletics means to them and they must intend to keep soccer in their lives.

“It’s really important to be a good character,” Ms. Cruz said. “That’s what Justin was. He was so good.”

Lauren Garcia covers Wall Township for The Coast Star. She can be reached at lgarcia@thecoaststar.com or 732- 223-0076 Ext 20.

2014 Memorial Run

Justin Cruz Run 2014 was another great success!

Sunday November 2, 2014 proved to be an arctic  event!  The temperature was 40 degrees and the winds were whipping between 20 and 25 knots, but the sunshine was present and the genuine cause did not keep runners and walkers away to benefit the Justin Cruz Scholarship Foundation for a 5k run and a 2 mile walk.

128 runners completed this 5k race with over 60 there for the 2 mile fun-walk.

For complete results, visit this page.

Women’s Overall Winners:

  1. 21:39.25  Victoria Cantelmo  18, Monmouth Beach, NJ
  2. 22:50.77  Joan Totoro  42, Toms River, NJ
  3. 24:14.26  McKenna Cummings  15. Wall Twp. NJ

Men’s Overall Winners:

  • 17:31.58  Jeff Propert  34, Wall Twp., NJ
  • 18:13.00  Pat Ford  54, Neptune City, NJ
  • 18:20.54  Derek Bibza  19, Brick, NJ

The event netted over $8,000 for the Justin Cruz Scholarship Foundation, which offers scholarships to high school seniors who have played soccer and preparing for their collegiate experiences.  Follow to the Foundation page for more information.

The Wall High School art classes from Mrs. Mychelle Kendrick joined in a competition to design the memorial T-shirt, which was won by Erin Clabby.  Kristy Karnavis had her design printed on the back of the shirt.

The pictures for the event were taken by standout sophomore photographer, Jane Stout, who has done an amazing job.

Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and competitors – we look forward to seeing you next year!

2013 Memorial Run highlights

Justin Cruz Memorial Run was a great success!

Sunday, November 3, 2013 , a nippy cold morning, bought out runners and walkers alike to benefit the Justin Cruz  Scholarship Foundation at the Wall Soccer Fields for a 5k run and/or a 2 mile walk.

107 runners signed up for the race with 85 finishing through the course. We had runners from 7 years old to 77 years old.

Our overall winners, male and female:

  • 19:09  Alex Smith, 15, Wall Township
  • 20:51  Victoria Cantelmo, 17, Monmouth Beach

In 2nd place was:

  • James Coornber, 28, Lake Como
  • Katie Buchbinder, 19, Scotch Plains
In 3rd place was:
  • Alex Karu, 26, Wall Township
  • Jane Mallach, 11,Rumson

This event netted $6,000.00 for the Justin Cruz Scholarship Foundation which offers scholarships to soccer players residing in Wall Township and are graduating High School preparing for their collegiate experiences.

The Wall High School art classes from Mrs. Mychelle Kendrick join in a competition to design the tee-shirt, which was won by Michele Ianelli, and the pictures were taken by stand-out Freshman photographer, Jane Stout, who has done a fine job.


Want to donate to the scholarship fund?

We welcome and greatly appreciate your donation to our scholarship fund in the name of Justin Cruz.

If you are unable to participate in our annual 5k run / 2mi walk you can send a donation to the following location:

Justin Cruz Scholarhip Foundation

1405 Winesap Dr.

Manasquan, NJ  08736

All donations qualify for a 501 (c)(3) tax deduction.  A letter for this will follow…

2013 Recipients

6 Wall students receive $1,000.00 scholarships

The Justin Cruz Scholarship Foundation presented six Wall Township students a check on July 6, 2013, for $1,000 each.
The students graduated from Wall High School and all met eligibility requirements to receive this award.  The requirements included being a resident of Wall Township, a 3.0 GPA, being admitted to a 4 year college, an essay discussing the role in team sports to an athlete today, their stated intent to keep soccer in their lives while at college, and documentation of having soccer in their lives over the past 4 years.

This foundation receives most of its monies from its annual run which is held on the first Sunday of November at the Wall Soccer Complex.  We are currently working to plan an additional fundraiser as an adjunct to our fund. With the investment market as it is, we are striving to maintain security and growth to our monies received.

This years recipients are all honor students going to an array of colleges:

  • Ariana DeBlasio will be attending Marist College
  • Madison Mitchell will be attening West Chester University
  • Tom Bogert will be attending Kean College
  • Alan Burge and Daniel DeGenova will be attending The College of New Jersey
  • Connor Nichols will be attening LaSalle University. 

 These students are exemplary of standout athletes, while remaining level headed young adults who show honorable qualities on and off the field.

It was fitting the monies be awarded on July 6, since that was Justin’s birth date.   This year Justin would have been 25 years old.  It was also fitting to distribute these awards at the soccer complex, since most times you would find Justin there.

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